After community consultation in 2019 and early 2020, a number of key themes have been identified.
The project directly responds to the following key themes we heard from our community during our engagement in 2019 and early 2020
Strong connections to City Hall, Johnstone Park and Geelong Railway Station
The design of the new Civic Precinct provides excellent
pedestrian access from the north, with a new access point through from Bayley
Street, from the east with access directly into the heart of the precinct from
Gheringhap Street, from the south, opening up connections and views to and from
Johnstone Park and through to City Hall, as well as access from the west along
Mercer Street, providing excellent connections to the Geelong Railway Station.
new precinct is positioned to provide excellent low-rise views across Johnstone
Park of City Hall, the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, and across to GPAC and
the arts and cultural precinct.
Honours Geelong’s history and heritage
The design of the new precinct honours Geelong’s heritage,
with the ground floor brick façade an homage to the industrial heritage of the
area, before spanning up to form the modern glass façade of the upper levels,
providing an open and transparent workplace within.
Heritage elements in the site have been expressed and
celebrated, with the historic Cunningham Rail Line which once ran through the
site out to Cunningham Pier bought to life again, guiding pedestrians into the
precinct from Mercer Street.
Supports walking cycling and public transport
In addition to excellent pedestrian access from all four
directions, the Civic Precinct includes world-class end-of-trip facilities as well
as bicycle storage for users accessing the precinct through more active modes
The project is designed to provide a welcome gateway from the
Geelong Railway Station, drawing foot traffic destined for the Deakin
Waterfront or the rest of central Geelong through the site, creating a vibrant,
Embraces sustainable design principles
Our new office
building will achieve the highest standards of sustainable design, achieving a
6 Star Green Star Design and As-Built Rating, a 5 Star NABERS Energy Base
Building Rating, 4.5 Star NABERS Water Whole Building Rating and a 6 Star
NABERS Waste Base Building Rating.
multidisciplinary Australian practice COX Architecture, the City’s new office
features a beautiful and sustainable Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) design,
creating a light-filled, healthy, contemporary workplace for the City’s central
Geelong-based employees. The new Civic Precinct will drive collaboration,
reduce costs, and future-proof the City’s workplace needs.
Cross Laminated Timber
(CLT) is a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to more traditional
Exemplifies our UNESCO City of Design designation
Our new Civic Precinct delivers an iconic design in both
form and function. Paying respect to the heritage of our region, the design
embraces a bold simplicity, with expressed timber structure and sustainable,
innovative CLT construction matched with a clean transparent glass façade and
the highest standards of sustainable design.
The project exemplifies our UNESCO
City of Design designation through simple, clean beauty, rather than complex or
overt design language.
Safe, welcoming and accessible public space
Safety and accessibility were key themes from our initial
engagement with our community. By creating a new pedestrian thoroughfare from
all four points of the compass, capturing traffic through from the Geelong
Railway Station to central Geelong, the waterfront and Deakin will provide a
well populated area.
The design of the public space encourages open sightlines
through the precinct. In addition to this, the inclusion of a variety of
tenancies including retail and food will encourage an active public precinct in
and out of office hours.
The precinct has been designed with a strong consideration
for universal access and best practice inclusive design.
We are including
a Changing Places facility within the City office and is investigating options
for providing staff support to use the facility for community members who might
Provides more family friendly places and activities
With 2600 square metres of active public space along with a
variety of tenancies the precinct will be welcoming to all, including families.